Am I the only one that listens to music on a plane’s in-flight entertainment device instead of watching movies?
I mean, sure, I’ll ugly cry my weight in high-altitude tears to A League of Their Own like it’s nobody’s business, but then I like to zone out to a playlist for the rest of the flight. Anyway, not reading the code-share fine print when I was booking this time ’round left me with some pretty slim pickings in the old Delta jukebox. Let me just say that Lifehouse’s ‘You and Me’ sounds even shitter at 35,000 ft. than it did through your Walkman speakers in 2005. Don’t listen to it, even as a novelty, if you’re sitting in the exit row. Here’s all the new music I wish I could have listened to instead.
Angie McMahon – And I Am A Woman
These songs are never listed in order of importance, but just this once I am going to go out on a limb and say this is the most important song in this whole post. It’s the first single off Melbourne singer-songwriter Angie McMahon’s debut record, Salt, which drops July 26. Listen to that guttural vocal as she laments the pain and glory of fighting for a dinner plate at the patriarchy’s buffet. Somewhere, Alanis Morissette’s boots are shaking.
Boy Scouts – Get Well Soon
I heard this song via my boyfriend’s iPhone speaker yesterday. Someone had posted it and from across the room at the same time we both exclaimed, ‘How good is this song?!’ So I went out in search of it, and here we are. Recorded by Oakland-based songwriter Taylor Vick and released under her moniker Boy Scouts, it’s the first single off her newly announced upcoming record, Free Company, out August 30 via ANTI- Records.
Twen – Damsel
Nashville-via-Boston duo Twen came up in the Boston DIY punk scene, but you wouldn’t know it based off of their latest single. ‘Damsel’ is a hazy motorbike ride through breezy melodies and twangy guitar hooks, driven by singer Jane Fitzsimmons’ commanding vocals. Their new album, Awestruck, is out September 20th via Frenchkiss.
Nilüfer Yanya – Paradise
Truly such a fan of 23-year-old Nilüfer Yanya, who released her debut record, Miss Universe, in March of this year. I don’t quite know what it is about the British singer and guitarist that has me so wrapped around her finger, but I’m like a bandaid that just won’t quit. Anyway, this music video is produced and directed by Yanya’s older sister, Molly Daniel, and pays homage to Yanya’s Turkish, Irish, and Bajan heritage.
Alex Cameron – Divorce
As I get older, I realise that calling someone a weirdo is no longer an insult. In fact, one of the biggest compliments I might give someone these days is to anoint them an absolute bonafide weirdo of the highest order. Anyway, I don’t know Sydney musician Alex Cameron personally, but based on his musical output alone, this guy is a certified freak. And I mean that in the best possible way. No one is making pop music as clever as this right now. Fucking weirdo.
Lucy Dacus – Forever Half Mast
You may recognise Virginia singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus’ name from just about every ‘Best Albums of 2018’ list published last year. Now the 24-year-old singer-songwriter is back with a new single just in time for America’s July 4 celebrations, but you mightn’t want to add this to your beer pong party playlist. Also, is anyone else noting the heavy Azure Ray/Maria Taylor vibes here? Saddle Creek’s nostalgia bug just bit me.
Surf Curse – Disco
I dare you to try and dislike this song and video. I’ll even bet you $5, which means feeding myself for the next two days is off the table if I lose. That’s how sure I am of LA duo Surf Curse’s infectious first single off their upcoming new album, Heaven Surrounds You, out September 13.